[SATLUG] Digital Cameras

MKR mkr777 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 11 23:52:09 CST 2008

All the digital cameras have an automatic setting and that usually takes
care of most situations. Your wife will be quite comfortable with any one of
the cameras since even experienced users most times tend to use the
automatic setting.


On Thu, Dec 11, 2008 at 10:41 PM, Alan Lesmerises
<alesmerises at satx.rr.com>wrote:

> Thanks for reminding me to check what kind of battery they use -- I HATE
> having devices (like electronics) with peculiar components that will wear
> out or otherwise need replacement every few years, and you're forced to back
> to the factory or a specialty supplier to get a new one.  And then, after a
> couple of years, you can't get the replacement part any more and have to
> replace the entire device just because you can't get a new battery or
> something!
> I also know what you mean about good/bad photographers with bad/good
> cameras.  I've been into photography for more than 30 years and have some
> friends that have been doing it professionally for almost as long.  I've had
> some pretty good equipment in that time, but it's definitely useless unless
> you know how to use it.  Now, it's a question of what to get my wife that
> will take good pictures, won't be too complicated to use, and won't sour her
> on actually using the technology before she has a chance to become at least
> mildly proficient at it.
> Al Lesmerises
> Brad Knowles wrote:
>> MKR wrote:
>>  Battery is an issue. All the three Canon cameras I own, use regular AA
>>> batteries which are not expensive and easily available anywhere. The
>>> thinner
>>> and smaller cameras use lithium batteries and replacement can be tough
>>> and
>>> expensive.
>> That's one of the reasons why I stopped using my old Canon SD550, and
>> bought a Pentax Optio -- I had forgotten to bring my charger with me, so the
>> old camera was dead, and I needed to have something to use.  The only one I
>> could quickly find at the time was the Pentax, so I bought it.
>> However, more recent Canon PowerShot SD-series cameras have gotten much
>> better with battery life, and I've been starting to think about switching
>> back again.
>>  Also when buying the SDHC cards, I would go with the fastest (class 6)
>>> which
>>> can be purchased on-line at competitive prices.
>> Fast SDHC cards are absolutely the way to go.  I would never even think
>> about anything else.
>> In fact, I didn't think about anything else, which is why I didn't even
>> think to bring up this issue.
>>                                                  Buy it early so that by
>>> Christmas, you will be familiar with all the controls to take some good
>>> shots.
>> Agreed.  Just remember that a good photographer with a crappy camera can
>> take much better pictures than a crappy photographer with a good camera. And
>> practice is the single biggest contributor to being a good photographer.
>> You really need to know what your camera can and can't do, and the best
>> way to learn that is to just try to do stuff and see what works and what
>> doesn't.  Then try to understand why it does or doesn't work, and what can
>> be done to compensate.
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